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How long to write a play?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0405  Friday, 22 June 2007

From: 		Anne Cuneo <
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Date: 		Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 22:03:26 +0200
Subject: 18.0395 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0395 How long to write a play?

I've tried to think about this. I have written between 15 and 20 plays. 
Most took me weeks or months because there was research to be done, i.e. 
a play about the day the Swiss Army shot at its own citizens who were 
demonstrating against Fascism in Geneva, the only time this ever 
happened - 13 dead. It took place in November 1932, and in 1992 when I 
wrote my play, I tried to find a couple of surviving witnesses. I did. 
Lots of work. On the other hand I once  wrote a plays which has been 
played so many times I cannot count them, actors and public alike love 
it, in one single night - it was urgently needed the next day.

I find the question of how long one needs difficult to answer.

I always wondered how long it took Shakespeare, or Marlowe, to write 
those historical plays which show a profound knowledge of English 
History. They were always pressed for time, but those plays needed a lot 
of reading - or maybe not, maybe the story of Henry IV was common 
knowledge. But there too, it's difficult to answer.

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